CHOGORI (8616M) K2 the Ultimate Adventure Pakistan
The Karakoram in Turkish language means "Black Rubble". In 1856 A.D. Capt. Montgomerie surveyed a number of peaks in the Baltoro area of the Karakoram from a distance of about 200km. He explored a cluster of high peaks and named them K1, K2, K3 and soon with the prefix "K" for Karakorum. In 1861 A.D. the area was further surveyed by Col. Godwin Austin and recommended K2 as the highest and measured it to be 8619m only three meters more than its official h (1988) of 8616m. Its local name is Chogori, which means the "Great Mountain".
Thus, K2, the second highest mountain in the world stands majestically above the combination with the sweeping Godwin Austin Glacier offering an ice highway towards its surface. It was first climbed by Italians. The route to K2 goes through the Baltoro region of Baltistan. There are several high peaks, which are persisted, in the world's largest temperate zone glacier. Only the highest or more prominent ones have been named or climbed. A wonderful teen of these peaks stand over 7600m while four of them are 8000meters.
K2 Expedition Trip Itinerary:
Day 01 Islamabad
Arrival Islamabad. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 Islamabad
Welcome reception at Alpine Club of Pakistan. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 Skardu/Chilas
Fly to Skardu PK-451 (09:30 – 10:30). (Flight is subject to weather). Upon arrival transfer to hotel for overnight. In case of cancellation of flight (12-14 hrs) drive by coach to Chilas (480 km) on Karakoram Highway. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 Chilas /Skardu
Day free at Skardu If your are driving, complete road journey (07–08 hrs) to Skardu (275 km) En-route has good view of Nanga Parbat (8125m) at the confluence of Indus River and the rapids and fall of Indus River. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 Skardu
Final preparation day at Skardu. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 Askole (3000m)
By jeeps drive to Askole (8-9 hrs). The last village of about 50 houses. The villagers grow their own cereals, vegetable, and fruit and own large herds of sheep, goats, yaks, and dzos. Overnight in tents.
Day 07 Jhola: (3200m)
Start 2-3 hours, walk across the wasteland and traverse Biafo Glacier, a too tiny Ocean of moving boulders and crevasses 2 km wide. Cross the glacier and after a lunch break continues to Jhola (4-5 hrs). Cross-Dumardo River Bridge and camp at rather dusty campsite encompassed by a few bushes with a side stream. Overnight in tent.
Day 08 Paiyu: (3600 m)
Start on a moderately easy trail for 3-4 hrs. Crossing Bardumal campsites along a 2-km stretch of sandy River beach. After a lunch break continue towards Paiyu for another 2-3 hrs. trail climbs to a Vantage Point providing a view of the Snout of Baltoro. And in the far distance, a marvelous panorama of Cathedral Towers and triangle of K2 to the left for the first time. Paiyu is a herded campsite. Overnight in a tent.
Day 09 Paiyu: (3600m)
Traditional rest day at Paiyu. Overnight at a tent.
Day 10 Khuburtze: (4000m)
Start for a 5-8 hrs. slight climb up Baltoro Glacier on the southern edge. After about two hours the path divides at the snout of Baltoro glacier where the left side goes to the BC of Tango Tower and the Sarpo Lgo pass. Continue to the side right climbing up on to the glacier that stretches up the valley 62 km long and 2 km wide. Follow the southern edge to Liliwa and onward to Khuburtze lovely walks for about 90 minutes to the campsite and with clear water. Overnight at the campsite.
Day 11 Urdukas: (4200m)
4-5 hours lovely walk mostly along the crest of lateral moraine with stunning views of Paiyu Peak, Chorichi, Uli Biaho, Tango Towers and so on. Urdukas is a viewable campsite. However, like Paiyu this site is overused and polluted. Overnight at the campsite.
Day 12 Goro II: (4500m)
6-8 hours walk on the glacier. The first-hour walk is across difficult side Crevasses, however, the way is smoother and easy in the center. Continue for 2-3 hours to Goro-I opposite of Yermanendo Glacier falling down from the Mashebrum pass. For the next 3-4 hrs continue east up the Baltoro glacier. Following telephone wire from army HQ Goro to Gasherbrum IV. Goro-II campsite is pitched on the rough stones and ice in the hub of the glacier with water from the glacier melt. Overnight at tent.
Day 13 Concordia (4700m) / K2 Base Camp (5100m)
6-8 hours slightly easy walk, with spectacular views and titanic mountain panorama, including Muztagh Tower, Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak and the mighty K-2. Camp at Concordia named by Martin Conway after the place De La Concordia in Paris. Lunch at Concordia. You will be meeting some crevasses near Godwin Austin glacier. Overnight at tent.
Day 14-58 Concordia (4700m) / K2 Base Camp (5100m)
45 days for acclimatization and climbing.
Day 59 Vigne Glacier or Ali camp: (4800m)
5-6 hours continue walk on Vigne Glacier, proving gorgeous views of Chogolisa, and Mitre Peak, A rare mountain panorama and camp just below pass. Overnight at campsite.
Day 60 Gondogoro La (5680m) / Khuspang (4680m)
4-5 hours. Start very early in the morning for the uneasy and steep ascend to Gondogora_La (high pass), and another 3-4 hrs descend to the high camp (Khuspang) on the other side. Also BC for Gondogoro Peak. Continue trek to Dalzampa: (4300m) another 4-5 hours easy descends glacier Moraine to exotic campsite of Dalzampa "field of flower". A climb to the lateral Moraine provides fantastic views of the glacier and jagged spires. Overnight in tent.
Day 61 Shaieshcho: (3600m) Hushe: (3300m)
4-5 hours walk on the lateral moraine through wild roses, gooseberry cedar and Tamarisk bushes. The Charksa valley joins the Gondogoro at Shaieshcho and the route leads towards the base camp of K6 and K7. Another 4-5 hours the last day of the trek follow the east bank of Hushe River on an easy path through the field and camp outside the village.
Day 62 Skardu: (2340m)
By jeep drive to Skardu via Khaplu. The second largest kingdom in the old Baltistan safe guarding the trade route to Ladakh along Shyok River. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 63 Islamabad / Chilas
a) Fly to Islamabad PK-452 (11:20 – 12:20). (Subject to weather). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.
b) In case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 64 Islamabad
a) Leisure day at Islamabad
In case of driving, complete road journey from Chilas to Islamabad. Overnight at hotel.
Day 65 Islamabad
Farewell meeting at Alpine Club of Pakistan. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 66 Fly out Transfer to airport for your return flight home.
Liaison with the ministry of tourism in Islamabad for permit process and measurement of Liaison officer.
Process of import/export permit from ministry of tourism.
Clearance of cargo before arrival of the team and its storage.
Assistance upon arrival/departure.
Welcome reception (briefing)/farewell meeting (debriefing) at Alpine Club of Pakistan.
Hotel accommodation at tourist class hotels at Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Chilas and Skardu with all meals.
All meals during trek and 45 days at B.C
Porterage of 75 kg per person of expedition equipment and high-altitude food etc. to the B.C and 50 kg per person on return from BC.
Road transfers between airport/hotel and within the city as per itinerary.
Sleeping tents, mattresses, mess, kitchen and toilet tent with tables/field stools and camping ground fees.
Kitchen equipment, crockery, cutlery, fuel and related community gear.
Wages and basic kit of guide, Srdar, cook and assistant(s).
Insurance of our field staff and low altitude porters (except helicopter rescue).
Porterage at airports, hotels, toll taxes, and parking fee, etc.
Letter of guarantee on behalf of team/client for environmental bond for USD 1000.
Mail handling/forwarding to BC/overseas except postage charges.
Reconfirmation of air tickets.
The above quotation is based on present porter rates and valid for 2019.
All expenses of Gov. Liaison officer
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.